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A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
June, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 06
Stay in Touch With ... Aromatherapy: Scents of Place
By Kelli Lene, NCTMB
One of the most important investments you can make in your practice is developing your "sense of place." Sense of place goes beyond creating an atmosphere; it's established through client experiences and connection of feelings.I can teach a class full of technicians the exact same spa protocols, with the exact same tool box of products, then come back in a year and each will have created completely different spa experiences for their clients. Well-planned combinations of protocols and products allow us to build the synergy of experience that defines our uniqueness as a spa provider and this valuable sense of place.
We are very aware of the five basic senses in the spa profession; a balanced spa protocol will engage all five.
Each of our product tools involves one or more of these basic senses. For example: we utilize exfoliates that are extremely tactile, stones that are visual, teas that are tasteful and specific music to immerse our client into a full sensory experience. However, the strongest impression we make will be by aromatherapy through the sense of smell. Essential oils are the paints of our spa tool box. Since essential oils have strong physiological, pharmacological and psychological components, they are a vital component in designing any spa experience.
The goal in my own practice is to make sure that from the moment a client walks into my treatment area and long after they leave, they are cocooned with a sense of well being. This defines my "sense of place." The following are some examples of typical smellscapes I design for my clients in the summer.
When the heat index goes up, my aromatherapy protocols naturally turn to treatments that will cool and revitalize drained clients. My first addition is to use an aromatic room mist to spray my table set-up right before I start a session. This not only sets the smellscape, but also forms a cooling sensation when the client lies down. I receive many complements when I utilize a spray of water and a pre-blended citrus synergy (e.g., orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, lime). This choice delivers a clean and inviting smell that greets my clients and sets the tone of safe haven. These oils are uplifting, centering and pleasant air cleaners. Using the citruses as a room spray allows me to take full advantage of these properties without risking the photosensitivity which is sometimes a concern with using citruses full body. Finally, these oils are top notes so they will disperse quickly from a client's mind, to make way for the next smellscape.
One of my most popular services is custom blended oils for the client's massage experience. This involves a pleasurable consultation where the client helps me create their synergy based on what is going on in their life and their goals. I then blend two ounces of oil, using about one ounce in the massage and sending the rest home with the client. I tend to blend by trinities (three oils at a time) or use pre-blended synergies. I find this keeps the blending interesting for the client without overwhelming them. An example of a summer favorite is a relaxing blend of four drops each of geranium rose, lavender and roman chamomile into two ounces of a light massage medium. All three oils are middle notes (heart notes) and together will resonate like a calming hum throughout the massage. This blend is not only very soft and tranquil; it also helps pharmacologically with wind- and sun-tortured skin, which is so prevalent in the summer. If your client needs or desires a more substantial blend, you can replace the roman chamomile for two drops of Sandalwood which is a base note. This will add weight to the experience and enhance the meditative aspect of the massage.
I conclude all my sessions with a blessing of oils. In the warmer months, I like to deliver the finishing touch as a reviving and cooling sensation on the feet, neck and temples. My favorite aromatherapy treatment is to blend eight drops of orange and four drops of peppermint in one ounce of a fast-absorbing base and briskly rub it into the feet. Then, I promptly apply the mixture into their neck and temples, making sure to stay away from their eyes. I close with placing my hands in front of the client and instructing them to take several deep breaths. As a final touch, I serve water garnished with slices of orange and sprigs of mint. These particular aromas are chosen for their refreshing effects and I can't think of a better state in which to send my clients, and me for that matter, back into the challenging world that awaits.
A client probably won't remember what you said, they might not even remember what you did, but I promise they always will remember how they felt when they were with you. Aromatherapy is one of the easiest and most effective ways to establish a sense of place, by allowing us to create the strongest essence of place.
Kelli Lene attended the Austin School of Massage in El Paso, Texas, and the East Tennessee School of Cosmetology. She has extensive experience as a massage therapist and spa technician. She can be reached at "> .
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